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post #21 of 55
The mothering article got to me too! I was bawling and then worrying!!:
post #22 of 55
Add me to the worrying group.

My back is getting much better (still sore, though), but the first day, I was in so much pain, I had to take Tylenol every four hours. I took 7 pills over the course of about 14 hours, and then was afraid to take more because 8 pills in 24 hours is the maximum dosage for any person, and it suddenly struck me after the last dose that maybe the maximum for 24 hours is lower for a pregnant woman. I got so worked up, and I was poking my belly trying to get the baby to move, I was SO SURE I HAD KILLED HIM/HER!!!

We've had normal movement since then. I was just a total wreck for a few hours there while the baby was obviously napping or something.

--willo
post #23 of 55
Aw, sweetie - I understand how that goes! Sometimes I wish pregnant bellies came with little portholes so we could look in and see what was going on in there for ourselves.

On that note, had our 4D ultrasound today, and it was seriously magical. We're having a GIRL! We were so sure it was going to be a boy - I'm carrying low and all of that - but no! She mooned the ultrasound too, so we're really sure. She's absolutely perfect, and I'm still giddy! She was sucking her thumb! My baby girl!
post #24 of 55
I'm just exhausted.
post #25 of 55
Corri Congrats on your girl!!!! Horray horray horray!!!

I'm really tired too...

and I wanted to mention that my baby seems to only kick me soooooo low.... I've only felt anything above my belly button ONCE (not exagerations) I'm sure because the people who want to feel the baby kick, just not comfortable with people touching me that low so I know she hasn't been higher!

JUST as I was thinking of writing this my little belly bean got the hiccups (down low below the belly button) accompanied by the nice and friendly kick way up high in my side

So this means one of two things.... she's terribly insubordinate and likes to prove me wrong.... -or- she's very sweet and good at keeping my mind at ease..hmmmmm hope it's the latter!
post #26 of 55
Corri, congrats on your little girl!! I loved seeing my babe on u/s too, it is so exciting!

Add me to the tired club. Today I am completely exhausted. I am dragging myself through the day. I cannot wait until bed time!
post #27 of 55
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post #28 of 55
Congrats on the healthy girl! And hugs to all the draggin' mamas...work was a zoo today (spring break starts Saturday and so a lot of papers are due tomorrow, and of course a number of students havn't started those papers!) and I am just waiting to fall into bed.

Plus, I've lost my keys! I had them yesterday when I got home from the doctor (I obviously unlocked the door) but then I don't remember having them ten minutes later when my mom and I went to lunch (my dad was staying at my house while we were out so I didn't need to lock the door, but I remember wondering where I'd put the keys as I walked out). So somewhere in those few minutes I lost them! I hope they didn't fall out of my pocket on the way to lunch....if they're in the hosue I'll eventually find them but if they're on the street somewhere...well...

Let's hope they're in the house.
post #29 of 55
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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post
Plus, I've lost my keys! I had them yesterday when I got home from the doctor (I obviously unlocked the door) but then I don't remember having them ten minutes later ...
I left my keys stuck in the front door the other day. (Same day I left my car's lights on and my battery died. : ) DH reminded me that I left my keys stuck in the door about a million times while pg with DS.

If you'd done that, would they have been visible from the street? Just in case you need something else to worry about!

--willo
post #30 of 55
my DD likes to kid nap keys... among other things but them *in* things.... purses.... cabnets... her kitchen set.... any thing that *opens*

Just a thought.


DexP and I are going to our couples counceling today..... Not exactly sure why because he now tellls me how heppy he is to be by himself and he doesn't really want to work on things. I think I still need this though. I'm still really torn up and quiet honestly I feel like maybe I'm doing a little *worse* each day rather than a little better. It's almost like with each passing day it just gets harder.

My patience with DD is wearing ever thinner.... I'm growing ever more tired and emotional and every day is one day closer to a due date I'm just not ready for. I need more time to prepare! I dont have anything yet, and I dont want to start.
The house we live in with my mom and Dad is so very small, there's just no room for anything... a glider in my room is the number one thing that I would like to get but not sure if I could make it work because of the space restrictions.... I'm sleeping on a twin trundle bed right now and I asked DD if she would like me to sing to her while we laid in my bed (usually I lay on the floor by her tiny bed) and she did.... we both fell asleep there untill I woke up for my 2am bathroom trip. It was the best I've slept since I left my home.

Oh.... and my Chihuahua loves me DexP soooooo much now that she will leave me and go see him happily when I go to visit her... so I guess I dont need to find her a home... she has one now.
post #31 of 55
oh, god, do NOT read sad baby stories!!! I am in the protective zone now... there is no place for sad birth stories with bad outcomes, complications of any kind, or anything that will make me needlessly worry! I was feeling that way with stories about breech babies..I started getting paranoid about what presentation my baby will be at birth, as if worrying about will do any good! I found that the week I worried about it, my baby DID keep flipping breech. So I decided to stop worrying about it, and now the baby is head down again. Enough! It's now time to stop getting outside input and just go over my vision of my birth in my head as often as I can, to repeat lovely things to myself like "I am strong and my baby is strong", etc. Glad to finally be in this place, as it means the birth isn't too far off!!

I'm feeling good, like my body has caught up with the current size of my belly and has adjusted so that I'm comfortable again. But I swear, every time I catch sight of my profile, I am AMAZED that it's me! I just don't feel that big!
post #32 of 55
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mata, I know just what you mean about being surprised when you see yourself. I took a nice long shower, got all relaxed, and then shocked myself when I stepped out and saw my profile. Do you think it's possible to grow significantly over the course of one shower?

Well it's official, I'm anemic. Not that this is much of a surprise since I'm boarderline when not pregnant. I think I'm going to try being extra conscious of what I eat, and see if I can avoid the nasty iron pills. Anyone have any suggestions of something easy to digest if I do have to go that route?
post #33 of 55
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Well it's official, I'm anemic. Not that this is much of a surprise since I'm boarderline when not pregnant. I think I'm going to try being extra conscious of what I eat, and see if I can avoid the nasty iron pills. Anyone have any suggestions of something easy to digest if I do have to go that route?
The liquid iron from Floradix is supposed to be non-constipating (I'm okay) and very popular amongst the earthy-crunchy types I know, plus with my midwives. Tastes like, well, nasty iron & herb drink, but you take a 2 tsp dose, so it isn't life-threateningly nasty. Beware--it is pricey. One of the two versions was on sale at our Whole Foods last week, but not the yeast-free version that I prefer.

Because of my genetic trait and the fact that it makes me borderline for delivering at the birth center (yay!) instead of the hospital (boo!), I'm trying to be super-careful to get as much iron as is sensible for me. In addition to 20 mg of iron in my prenatal multi-vitamin, I'm taking the Floradix (always with vit. C), Yellow Dock tincture 2x/day, and homeopathic Ferrum Phos. cell salts every day.

I also try valiantly to take my Floradix on an empty stomach or at least 30 minutes before eating as many foods will inhibit iron absorbtion, most especially dairy. Now, my tummy is rarely empty these days, but I make the effort.

Note that this combo is known/approved of by both my midwives practice and my doula. The doula and one of the midwives in particular both told me that they are especially fond of the Yellow Dock.

--willo
post #34 of 55
And, in other news, here I am awake at 2 am because the snow plows woke me up with some really appalling noises. Our snow has switched over to sleet so I think they are trying to keep it from icing up, but we're talking plows on pavement. Hateful sound!

I guess the winter has been so mild I never acclimated to sleeping through that grinding noise this year...

--willo
post #35 of 55
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Originally Posted by PatchChild View Post
...Well it's official, I'm anemic. Not that this is much of a surprise since I'm boarderline when not pregnant. I think I'm going to try being extra conscious of what I eat, and see if I can avoid the nasty iron pills. Anyone have any suggestions of something easy to digest if I do have to go that route?
Oh, I second, third and fifth on the Floradix Iron +Herb recommendation. This stuff is a pregnancy must-have. It's full of B vitamins too. If I skip a day or two I really notice a difference. Like, can't drag myself out of bed all day kind of difference. I don't think it tastes nasty--I think it tastes like prune juice. Only buy as much as you can drink in 4 weeks or less. It doesn't have a long shelf life and does start to get a little bitter as you near the end of the bottle.

On another note...

My cold is gone!

I have my next midwife's appointment tomorrow and then she's going out of town for four weeks. I just realized that the next time I see her I'll be 35 weeks!
post #36 of 55
We've got a storm like that coming through here now, Willo - what a pain!

In memememe news, I got my cast off my hand yesterday! Huzzah! I'm in a little plastic splint now, that just goes around the base of my hand, but it's removable (so I can wash my hands properly and use hand cream again!!) and I can move my wrist again, which has already made life so much easier. Still can't shampoo my own hair or tie my shoes, but it's only two more weeks of this and then I'm free again!
post #37 of 55
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oh, god, do NOT read sad baby stories!!! I am in the protective zone now... there is no place for sad birth stories with bad outcomes, complications of any kind, or anything that will make me needlessly worry! I It's now time to stop getting outside input and just go over my vision of my birth in my head as often as I can, to repeat lovely things to myself like "I am strong and my baby is strong", etc.
I have to agree with mataji4 on this one. I only read or listen to positive stories about pregnancy & birth, because they are much more common than bad ones. But it's like the evening news out there...a happy, normal, positive birth does not for a good story make, so the bad ones get the press. It's the whole Dog bites man vs Man bites dog scenario. I'm sure most of you have heard and/or read this book already, but Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is one of the best books. She talks about how the culture/myth of fear in childbirth has been perpetuated in America and how to end the cycle by only listening to the VAST MAJORITY of positive, empowering birth stories out there.

I've had nothing but completely positive thoughts since day one about this baby...and so far...so good! I'm so looking forward to this last trimester and finally the day she arrives. I know I can handle whatever happens. It's great to take steps to try to make that happen too, but I think positive thoughts are the most important of all!

Ok, I'm off my soap box stand.
post #38 of 55
Man. I had some major cramping last night... like first day of your period kinda cramps. I think I just did too much but it was awful. I actually went into the shower on my hands and knees which was really nice practice for labor. I think I had better take it easy!
post #39 of 55
For those wanting iron, I agree that the Floridix is great stuff, though I found the flavor a bit much. If you can't handle the flavor, Floridix also makes pills. They're still non-constipating, though I imagine you absorb a little less of the iron when you take it in pill form. Anyhow, try the liquid, and if you hate it, try the pills.

As to thinking positive, I agree that it's a great idea if you're prone to worries. Strangely, I'm really not a pregnancy worrier. This is strange only because I worry about *everything* else in life to an absurd degree. But, for whatever reason, I've felt generally confident with both of my pregnancies that everything was fine. Even subchorionic bleeds and the like didn't phase me either time. My sister cracked me up a few weeks ago when she called to apologize. She was feeling horribly guilty because she had accidentally included me in a mass email asking for prayers/positive thoughts for a friend of hers whose baby had been born with heart problems and was sure I'd been worrying about my baby's heart ever since. Other than feeling bad for the baby and his parents, I'd not given it a second thought! (BTW, the babe is doing beautifully now and is completley out of danger.) My poor sister felt guilty for days for absolutely nothing. Any other high strung mammas out there who don't worry about their pregnancies?

Around here all is well. Work has been a little crazy of late, and DD's sleep patterns are leaving a bit to be desired, but that's the worst of it, so I can't really complain. I've been working hard to organize all the paperwork that never really got filed and/or dealt with over the last year or so (since DD became really mobile) and even got our taxes done and filed. Now I'm planning all kinds of home improvement projects in the hopes of completing them before the baby arrives. Wish me luck!

to everyone who's dealing with difficulties right now.
post #40 of 55
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...Still can't shampoo my own hair or tie my shoes, but it's only two more weeks of this and then I'm free again!
That's *IF* you can reach your shoes in two weeks!!!

Happy St.Pattys Day to all!!!!

My parents are looking into possibly buying a really sweet two family house! both sides have two bedrooms, so the girls would have to share but that's no biggy for a while! We haven't seen the house yet (only the outside) but that would be sooooo great!

Went to Couples Counseling (sp?) yesterday... still not sure why.... DexP iss just not looking to get things back together anymore so I dont know if this is a waste of time or not... I think we will give it another session or two and see where things go. But something happened that REALLY ticked me off! DexP had mentioned that one of his problems was lack of desire so I offered up that he has a problem with my weight (which is true, it's something we have disscused) and the Therapist said (to me) "How much do you weigh?" I said, "Do I really have to say?" and he (therepist) said "Yes, You do!" So I said.... and I didn't lie about it! (I shoudl have dropped the number at least 20lbs!!!) But I spent 5 years NEVER telling DP how much I weighed and NOW, when I'm trying to get him to see that things aren't soooo bad he gets to hear my acctual weight!!!! I was pretty ticked about that. Maybe I'm wrong to be but I dont think that question A) needed to be askes and B)Needed to be answered!!!! It's pretty obvious I AM over weight... it's not in my head and it's not in DP'S head.... I dont think we really needed to put a number to it too!!!! KWIM???!?!?!?!??!?!?:
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